Ottawa, KS
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Ottawa is a somewhat small city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 12,387 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Ottawa is the 28th largest community in Kansas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ottawa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ottawa is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ottawa who work in office and administrative support (16.33%), teaching (8.57%), and food service (7.79%).

In terms of college education, Ottawa is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.50% of adults 25 and older in Ottawa have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Ottawa in 2010 was $21,646, which is lower middle income relative to Kansas, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,584 for a family of four. However, Ottawa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Ottawa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ottawa residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Ottawa include Irish, English, Scottish, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Ottawa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.